Beck's history lessons typically go off the rail. In an article in today's Washington Post, Beck biographer, Dana Milbank, notes that Beck "rhetorically asked his Fox News viewers: 'Why did we buy Alaska in the 1950s?' A good question -- because "we" purchased Alaska in 1867. Another day, he gave his version of European history: 'We have the Age of Enlightenment, 1620 to 1871, uh, 1781. This was a time when people said, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, we can think out of the box." This is coming out of the Dark Ages.' That was thinking outside of the box, because the Dark Ages ended in about 1000 AD, six centuries earlier than Beck claimed." Milbank has more examples of the nonsense that passes from Beck's lips. Referring to the Tree of Revolution, a model that was previously taken down on this Review, Milbank wrote, "Wilson's ties to Che [Guevara], like Obama's ties to Hitler, are history as you never read it -- and as it never occurred."
How did this happen? Is this some new historical phase in American history, or are we repeating cycles from the past? According to Kevin Drum, writing in Mother Jones magazine, this is just another, typical if somewhat larger, backlash to a Democratic president. For more on that history, check out his insightful "Tea Party: Old Whine in New Bottles." Meanwhile, don't just sit there.
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